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amtrak, as well as the port authority to start the regional discussions off. to make sure folks identify and we a process to identify the most cost-effective mitigation efforts. it's going to be critical that the regions, the two states, all the agencies work well together on this. it's really quite possible that if not done correctly, one mitigation investment could worsen the potential damage on a neighboring transit asset. this really needs to be done in a coordinated fashion that bridges all of the local players, all of the local agencies, state and local governments to make sure that the impact of hurricane sandy don't repeat themselves. i see i'm already over my time, so with that, i'll submit the rest of the statement for the record, and thank you. >> thank you, administrator. madam secretary? >> good morning. chairman men endezz, members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify regarding recovery from superstorm sandy. in my roll as deputy assistant secretary for grant programs at h.u.d., i am responsible for the community development program, the cbdg, the c
deep water port on the east coast. we are planning to take full advantage of the panama canal and the changes coming there soon to bring commerce into virginia. we are aggressively building our rail system, going from the port of virginia west to get that traffic out west. we just announced that we are building and other highway, a tall access highway. one of the primary purposes is to bring truck trafficking from the port of the virginia inland a connected directly with i-95. that will help us bring newcomers in. i want to mention something that has been a little tabooed as of late. the governor is not ashamed of it at all. we have taken full in of it. that is incentives to business. the governor has put significant additional resources into our virginia economic development partnership. funds he has at his deposal -- disposal but also resources to build up infrastructure we need to do in virginia. the was a piece in the new york times recently that criticized the use of that. in virginia, some of the things that were pointed out as concerns, the fact that they neglected to i
con. he called it -- lincoln. he called it land improvements. he meant ports and railroads at the time. public infrastructure is always the public's responsibility. so the question is never whether or not you're going to do it, you have to do it. the question is when does it make most sense? i would submit to you that it makes most sense today. why? because money is as cheap as it's ever going to be. every municipal government throughout this country borrows money by issuing debt bonds to underwrite the cost of building new frals. we -- infrastructure. we could be borrowing money today for about 1%. labor is cheap, equipment is cheap, because both are idling. and we clearly need the infrastructure investment. final thought on this? transportation for america, a not-for-profit organization, identifies 69,000 structurally deficient bridges in this nation. there's over 2,000 structurally deficient bridges in my state of new york. and in western new york we have 99 structurally deficient bridges. every second of every day seven cars drive on a bridge that is structurally deficient. we saw
people make sure that the middle class and the port are taking care of. we have the calmness from "the move on.times," let's >> hours later, senator reid returned to the floor. >> i now ask unanimous consent that at 1:30 p.m. today, the senate did proceed to read s664, regarding the debt limit increase, that there be no limits [indiscernible] upon user yielding back at that time, the bill will -- >> is there an objection? >> i reserve the right to object. what we're talking about is a perpetual debt ceiling grant in effect to the president. matters like this always require 60 votes. i would ask my friend, the majority leader, if he would modify his consent agreement to set the threshold at 60. >> majority leader? >> reserving a right to object. what we have here is republicans in the senate not taking is for an answer. this morning, the leader asked for consent on the proposal. now i am telling everyone to have that good, upper down vote. now he rejects his own idea. i guess we have a filibuster on the bill. so i object. >> is there an objection to the original request? >> yes, i rejec
including rail and port infrastructure on c-span 3 at 10:30 a.m. eastern. in about 45 minutes, we will continue to examine the so- called fiscal cliff with called fiscal cliff with armstrong
, what advice do you have [indiscernible] that in five -- that provide insurance to the port. we are looking for alternatives for the future. >> government has grown too big, promised to much, but it is not too late. the charitable sector will be more important, and individuals take more to us responsibility for their future. charities need to have that reality and figure out what they can do to improve their role and retain some level of support for charitable contributions. >> the problem is not what we promised the poor. the problem is what we promised the middle-class. our expenditures are squeezing the life out of the rest of the government. i think advocacy groups for the poor should be among the strongest proponents of fixing these major entitlement programs, medicare and social security. we can do that without impacting the poor hardly at all. >> i think we have a myriad of anti-poverty spending programs in this country. they are duplicative. they do not all have good outcomes. as groups think about these issues, it is important to focus on outcomes, streamlining programs
unwise to me, and we should focus on what we can do. it is in port. -- it is important. focusing on what we can do, which is doing something now, have a stabilizing deal and work on the issues as we figure out what works in health care and what does not work, how much we want to reform social security, what the economy is doing in 10 years, etc.. >> i have two issues with sort of ignoring the long term, and one is that most of the incredible reform to entitlements have a 10-year waiting period, so say we do not want to deal with them in 11 years. certainly by the end of the year. if we do not start on these things, like things like the fiscal cliff, when are we going to do it? i agree we need to delay the implementation of some of these, so that seniors can prepare, but i think we need to keep that in mind. secondly, in terms of the 10- year in terms of the longer term, it is not that difficult to stabilize in the 10-year window. president obama's does. if we have done nothing on the entitlements, and that is worse than doing $4 trillion and having some systemic reform kicking in over th
the cost. the states cut back on services for these people, and the disabled and the port will go without health care. your idea is not going to succeed. that was one of the issues of the presidential campaign, and you lost. we have medicaid. let's accept that fact. you are running the programs, you ought to be supporting the program are running. the medicaid expansion of the affordable care act is a step forward for the health-care system that will improve the lives of tens of millions of americans. the expansion will reduce care costs in states around the country and will provide states with extremely generous enhanced match rate from the federal government. we crafted this piece of the affordable care act to ensure medicaid expansion would not only be good for americans health but for the health of state budgets. a new report from the kaiser family foundation shows just how beneficial the expansion will be two states around the country. the report found over the next decade with the federal government paying for well over 90% of the cost, arkansas will reduce the uninsured population b
the jokes. we got to play jokes -- port come pawlenty -- poor tim pawlenty. annie says let's take this out. osama bin laden. that is so yesterday. [laughter] let's take it out. and someone says, well, we can stick in hosni who was still in power. and obama says, yes, let's do that. and that is not funny at all. but he is the president. [laughter] the next night, my wife susan was sitting over here. where are you? there you are. say hello to my wife, susan. [applause] a k-12 lab schooler. so i went to sleep early and had a television show in the morning. she said would gut, i think they just got osama bin laden. my blackberry was blowing up. my wife turned on the tv. and i realized, as i was watching the president, he knew at the time that we had gone together the day before that that he had ordered this mission. he knew that, if it had gone poorly, not only with lives be lost, but our security would be roiled. but his political career would probably be over. and he was completely calm because he felt he had done the right thing. i hear what our supporters have to say and i appreciate our s
be called the reverse robin hood agenda, where they take from the port to get from the rich. it starts by literally taking food out of the mouths of children by cutting the critical supplemental nutrition assistance program. next, they move onto one of their favorite pastimes, trying to repeal the affordable care act. specifically the provisions that help make health care more affordable for women, children, seniors, and the poor. 300,000 low income children will lose access to half their thanks to cost to medicaid and the children's health insurance program. women will lose access to critical health services like cancer screenings and immunizations. finally, the last step is to go after another favorite target -- that a social security. house republicans have only one constituency to protect -- that is the wealthiest americans. it could not be more obvious. i yield back the balance of my time. >> the gentleman from wisconsin. >> i would like to yield three minutes to the chairman of the commerce committee, mr. upton. >> the gentleman from michigan. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today we
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